Cobra Kai: Card Fighter
By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Complex battler focuses on card strategy more than Karate.
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The tutorial, while detailed, is almost too long -- gamers may be eager to start playing. The amount of information that's given initially is a lot to absorb, and there isn't an FAQ or other reference materials to check to answer questions.
Violence & Scariness
The game hinges on fighting, and some moves have a considerable, yet brief impact on the opponent. Matches, though, take place in a training-based dojo setting, and players are presumably aiming to make winning moves, not cause physical harm.
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Characters say "ass" a number of times and occasionally use insults in conversation.
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Products & Purchases
Players can purchase currency packages that range from $1.99 to $49.99. The game's based off the popular TV show, which itself is a spinoff from a movie franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Cobra Kai: Card Fighter is an action game for iOS and Android devices. Fighting is a focus in the game, but while opponents sometimes get hit in the head and knocked to the ground, they don't appear to be seriously hurt. They're shown standing at the end of matches and no blood's shown. The app offers a number of items players can buy to help with aspects of the game, but purchases aren't required to play. Players won't see ads, unless they choose to watch one, although they should know that this game's based on a popular TV show, which is a spinoff fron a larger movie franchise. Players may also may find the amount of detail surrounding the cards they use to determine their actions in fights overwhelming at first. Even with the emphasis on defeating your opponent, there isn't too much name-calling or ridicule in matches. But characters -- including adults -- sometimes swear and use words like loser to address or describe fighters.
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What’s It About?
Characters from the Netflix series engage in karate matches in COBRA KAI: CARD FIGHTER. Players earn belts, XP (experience points), and currency for things like dojo upgrades. They can add or remove cards in a deck and choose from several they're given at a time in fights for their next moves. Kicks, for instance, will beat an opponent's punch. Fight Cards affect energy reserves. Wildcards offer things like a health boost. Certain combinations have a greater impact. The app offers an AI practice mode and two modes against players, for experience or to be ranked.
Is It Any Good?
While this strategy game is easy to understand, the lengthy tutorial and complex play elements demand a lot of attention and focus to be successful. Cobra Kai: Card Fighter occasionally references the show’s plot, but you don't need to be familiar with it. Much more emphasis is placed on the cards selected, which list karate moves and what they'll do in rounds. In addition to karate kicks and other motions, some cards provide energy or a health boost, which can be helpful when you're attacked. After selecting the cards, the round plays out, with characters showcasing the moves you and your opponent chose. The app's graphics can be hit or miss -- occasional close-up shots during fights highlight how some characters resemble their TV counterparts, while others look less similar. Daniel LaRusso seems to be based off his teenage persona from the first Karate Kid movie, for instance, whereas Johnny Lawrence, his counterpart, looks more like his current age. Players are given some freedom to choose what they'll do when playing thanks to a list that outlines progress and what challenges are ahead. Tasks can be done in any order, but to advance, all items on the list must be completed.
Strategizing in matches is great, although it's challenging. The tutorial's almost too lengthy and throws a lot of information out at once. Some basic rules, such as matching three same-colored Fight Cards for a bigger impact, are fairly easy to grasp early on, but the card system, which is essentially rock-paper-scissors, has quite a few nuances. Getting a sense of each card, and when to best use it, can take some time. Random factors also appear to influence how things go in rounds, so it's unclear why a hit didn't land or why one did significant damage. As long as players are OK with the game being based more on card choice than directing kicks, and are willing to invest time in figuring out how the strongest moves, they'll have a fun time with this TV-influenced strategy brawler.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how strategy is used in Cobra Kai: Card Fighter. What kind of real-world challenges could you use in selecting the best cards to win a fight?
Can you identify the game's objective -- and the initial steps to take to reach it? Are there other ways that goal could be accomplished?
What can you do when you have no idea how to complete something? How can you determine a way to advance toward your goal?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 2, 2021
- Category: Card Games
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Publisher: Boss Team Games
- Version: 1.0.3
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later or Android 6.0 and up.
- Last updated: April 9, 2021
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